The carelessness of one party can impact many lives. In the worst circumstances, negligence on behalf of an individual, group, or corporation can result in the death of another. When this happens, you and your family have an ally in REA Law.
Attorney Raymond E. Areshenko is committed to justice on behalf of families in personal injury claims, including wrongful death. His mission is to provide you with honest, hands-on legal service in your time of need. If you live in Reno, Sparks, or nearby areas of Nevada, call REA Law at 775-300-7594 today for a complimentary case review.
Examples of Wrongful Death Cases
Fatality is possible in any circumstance involving serious injury. In order to recover compensation in a wrongful death action, your attorney must prove that the negligence of one or more parties resulted in your loved one’s passing.
REA Law can help if your loved one perished in the event of the following:
- Car accident
- Truck accident
- Motorcycle accident
- Slip and fall, trip and fall, negligent security, and other cases of premises liability
- Airplane accidents
- Dog bite
- Boating accidents
- Accidents involving trains and railroads
This list is not inclusive. If you lost your loved one unexpectedly and you believe carelessness or misconduct was involved, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced wrongful death lawyer who can protect your rights and pursue compensation on your behalf.
Compensation in a Wrongful Death Claim
Nevada law allows spouses and children to pursue compensation via a wrongful death claim. If the deceased individual had neither a spouse nor children, parents may also be eligible for damages.
The compensation available in a wrongful death lawsuit depends on the specifics of the case at hand. Generally speaking, you may be able to recover:
- Medical expenses for care your loved one received prior to death
- Loss of income (actual and expected) and employment-related benefits
- Expenditures for funeral services and arrangements for the body
- Loss of the relationship with family members, such as loss of consortium (between spouses) and loss of care and affection (between a parent and a child, or vice-versa)
You may also be eligible for punitive damages. This type of damages is still a monetary award, but its purpose is not to compensate you for your loss; punitive damages are designed to punish outrageous or malicious actions, and discourage those in similar positions from doing what the defendant did in your case.
The awarding of punitive damages is entirely discretionary. In Nevada, punitive damages are subject to caps. In cases where the plaintiff is awarded at least $100,000, punitive damages are limited to up to three times the awarded amount. In cases of compensation lower than $100,000, punitive damages are available up to $300,000.
Certain exemptions apply to these punitive damage caps. Notably, if a driver chooses to drink or do drugs, and then gets behind the wheel and causes a car accident, punitive damages beyond the previously mentioned triple/$300,000 limit may be available.
Contact REA Law for a Complimentary Review
A death in the family is one of the most challenging things you will ever experience. Such a loss takes a financial as well as an emotional toll. If your loved one died because of the negligence or bad actions of another party, don’t delay: Nevada law only gives you two years to pursue a wrongful death claim.
Start building your case by calling 775-300-7594 for a complimentary case review with REA Law. We serve clients in and around Reno, Sparks, and the nearby areas of Nevada.